Alias Grace

Alias Grace


Margaret Atwood

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Dr. Joseph Workman Character Analysis

Medical superintendent at the Toronto asylum. Dr. Workman began working at the asylum three weeks prior to Grace’s departure (and return to the Kingston Penitentiary). Dr. Workman, based on the letter he writes to Dr. Simon Jordan, appears sympathetic and upstanding. He believes that mental illness is the result of a “predisposing condition” and advocates for “gentle treatment” of Grace, whom he says was “a profitable and useful inmate” during their overlapping time at the asylum.
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Dr. Joseph Workman Character Timeline in Alias Grace

The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Joseph Workman appears in Alias Grace. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
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...chapter is made up of letters. The first is to Dr. Simon Jordan from a Dr. Joseph Workman , superintendent of the asylum in Toronto. Dr. Workman tells Simon that he should contact... (full context)